Country music’s most famous show is returning to television. The Grand Ole Opry® will return to GAC: Great American Country for six star-packed “Opry Live” episodes to begin airing Tues., Oct. 4. The first show scheduled to air, an 80th birthday salute to country legend George Jones, will be filmed tonight and will feature performances by Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Ann Womack, and more.
Shows airing on Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays in subsequent weeks will feature a who’s who of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music, including: Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Ronnie Dunn, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood and more. Airdates will be announced at opry.com and gactv.com.
George Jones is one of the most respected legends in country music — so much so that he is often name-checked in songs by other artists, ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’ by Alan Jackson and ’Dirt Road Anthem’ by Jason Aldean being good examples. Many of these stars also think of him as the greatest living country singer of all time. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the unmistakable voice behind classics like ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’ ‘The Race Is On’ and ‘Choices,’ Jones answers eight questions in honor of his 80th birthday, exclusively for Taste of Country.
One of the most moving parts of one of your recent concerts was when you sang ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes.’ As we watched you sing about your friends, many of them no longer with us, a giant screen showed their pictures and brought back so many memories. Who do you miss the most in country music and why?
Here’s your Music City Miracle: George Jones turns 80 today.
Let’s all jump up and down, like when Titan Kevin Dyson raced down the sideline at Whatever-It-Was-Called-Then Stadium and beat the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs.
Let’s all jump up and down, out of happiness that the man many folks call the greatest country vocalist of all time is still around to sing for us.
Let’s all jump up and down, out of love and respect for a guy who turned his life around and stiff-armed Father Time.
Because the odds of the great George Jones living to be an octogenarian were considerably longer than the odds of that long-ago (so long that the Bills were actually in the playoffs) Titans’ win in the final seconds of that crazy game.
As George Jones celebrates his 80th birthday Mon., Sept. 12, country music’s most widely recognized and awarded radio station, Nashville’s 650 AM WSM, is inviting fans from around the world to join in an all-day on-air and online birthday party in honor of the country legend.
The party is set to include Jones classics every hour 12 midnight – 7 p.m., listener birthday greetings and requests throughout the day, and a special edition of “The Eddie Stubbs Show” 7 p.m. – midnight featuring nothing but George Jones recordings.